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Great Experiences Forge Great Doctors

Clinical work and patient care is an integral part of the NECO experience. We have created a vast purpose-built clinical network comprised of the most diverse clinical settings in the country to provide opportunities for students to experience it all. This allows you to have an education anchored in comprehensive clinical training, where you learn not only from a distinguished faculty, but also from the patients you serve. This helps give you the confidence, skill, and knowledge to practice effectively and expertly anywhere in the world.

Clinical Network

The patient care programs at New England College of Optometry began in 1933 with an external clinic at the Harry E. Burroughs Newsboys Foundation. In 1941, the College opened the Massachusetts Optometric Clinic on Commonwealth Avenue. Eventually, this clinic expanded into our multi-site clinical network, currently known collectively as New England Eye (NEE). NEE manages all College-owned patient care operations and maintains liaisons through professional service agreements with other clinical training sites in the Boston area.

Comprehensive Training

Through serving clinical rotations at various locations both within the New England Eye network and beyond, students are able to experience a wide variety of patient care needs through their training while being mentored by experienced clinical faculty from New England College of Optometry. Clinical placements during the first few years cover a range of different services such as low vision, pediatrics, contact lens and cornea care, vision therapy, low vision rehabilitation, and individuals with disabilities.  The final year of the program involves four externship rotations available at placements throughout the US, and in Canada, China, and the United Kingdom.

New England Eye

Established in 1973, the New England Eye network of patient care facilities and clinical education subsidiary of the New England College of Optometry seeks to improve the visual health of diverse populations through excellence in collaborative and community-oriented patient care, education, and research.  

Diverse Network

Our students experience early and diverse clinical experiences throughout their education. During the second and third year, our students work primarily in our comprehensive vision centers, community health centers, VA medical centers, and medical centers. In addition, our comprehensive clinical network also includes opportunities to have clinical placements at: